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S. Alan Childress
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Alan Childress

Selected Publications

No Physical Harm, No Foul? Trusting Workable Limiting Principles to Emotional Distress Torts, 49 TEXAS TECH. L. REV. 703 (2017)

A Primer on Standards of Review in Federal Civil Appeals, 293 FEDERAL RULES DECISIONS 156- 223 (West Publ. Co., Jan. 2014)

Revolving Trapdoors: Preserving Sufficiency Review of the Civil Jury After Unitherm and Amended Rule 50, 26 REVIEW OF LITIGATION 239-264 (Univ. of Texas, Spr. 2007)

Mentoring Up and Down, 80 TULANE L. REV. 1581-1583 (2006) (In Memoriam)

Taking Jury Verdicts Seriously, 54 SMU L. REV. 1739-1747 (2001) (Commentary, in reply to David Crump and William Dorsaneo)

Jury Verdicts: The Whole Greater Than Pieces, 53 SMU L. REV. 1539-1545 (2000) (Commentary, in reply to William Dorsaneo)

The “Soft Science” of Discretion: A Reply to Ghosh’s “Search for Scientific Validity in Evidence Law,” 8 THE DIGEST 31-36 (2000) (Response to Shubha Ghosh)

The Empty Concept of Self-Censorship, 70 TULANE L. REV. 1969-1977 (1996) (Essay)

Constitutional Fact and Process: A First Amendment Model of Censorial Discretion, 70 TULANE L. REV. 1229-1358 (1996)  

Jury Review in Diversity Cases: An Erie Update, 4 THE DIGEST 39-72 (1996) A 1995 Primer on Standards of Review in Federal Civil Appeals, 161 FEDERAL RULES DECISIONS 123-47 (West, 1995)

Judicial Review and Diversity Jurisdiction: Solving an Irrepressible Erie Mystery?, 47 SMU L. REV. 271-327 (1994)

Pornography, “Serious Rape,” and Statistics: A Reply to Dr. Kutchinsky, 26 LAW & SOCIETY REV. 457-61 (1992) (Response to Berl Kutchinsky) 

Reel “Rape Speech”: Violent Pornography and the Politics of Harm, 25 LAW & SOCIETY REV. 177-214 (1991) (Review Essay)

Sanctions on Appeal: An Outline of Rules and Recent Cases, 10 FIFTH CIRCUIT REPORTER 687- 708 (West, June 1993) (with Terry E. Allbritton)

Federal Summary Judgments on Appeal: Review and Jurisdiction, 9 FIFTH CIRCUIT REPORTER 513-25 (West, Feb. 1992)

Historicizing Law Schools: An Alternative to the Socratic Tunnel Vision?, 38 BUFFALO L. REV. 315-24 (1990) (Book Review) (review of Robert Stevens, LAW SCHOOL, and others)

A Standards of Review Primer: Federal Civil Appeals, 125 FEDERAL RULES DECISIONS 319-47 (West, 1989)

A New Era for Summary Judgments: Recent Shifts at the Supreme Court, 116 FEDERAL RULES DECISIONS 183-94 (West, 1987)

“Clearly Erroneous”: Judicial Review Over District Courts in the Eighth Circuit and Beyond, 51 MISSOURI L. REV. 93-189 (1986)

Standards of Review in Criminal Appeals: Fifth Circuit Illustration and Analysis, 60 TULANE L. REV. 461-561 (1986) (with Martha S. Davis)

Standards of Review in Eleventh Circuit Civil Appeals, 9 NOVA L.J. 257-330 (1985)

The Hazards of Computer-Assisted Research to the Legal Profession, 55 OKLA. B.J. 1531-36 (Aug. 1984)

The Baby and the Bathwater: Developing a Positive Socratic Method, 18 LAW TEACHER 95-109 (U.K., Sweet & Maxwell, 1984)

Standards of Review in Federal Civil Appeals: Fifth Circuit Illustration and Analysis, 29 LOYOLA L. REV. 851-923 (1983)

Executive Authority: Revocation of Executive Order Requiring Notification of Export of Hazardous Substances, 22 HARVARD INT’L L.J. 683-88 (1981) (student Recent Development) 

Books

APPEAL AND ERROR IN FIRST AMENDMENT ADJUDICATION (Dissertation) (U.C. Berkeley Library) (1995) STANDARDS OF REVIEW (with M. Davis) (2 Volumes) (Wiley) (1986) FEDERAL STANDARDS OF REVIEW (with M. Davis)(2 Volumes) (Lexis Law Publ. 3d ed. 1999 & Supps. 2000, 2001) FEDERAL STANDARDS OF REVIEW (with M. Davis) (2 Volumes) (Butterworths 2d ed. 1992 & Supps. 1993-1998)

General Publications

Law.com, "Law Professor Forms Independent Publishing House," Thursday, September 9, 2010 Law Librarian Blog, "Law Prof as Independent Law Book Publisher: An Interview with Alan Childress, Founder of Quid Pro Books," Thursday, September 9, 2010 Courthouse News Service, "Chinese Drywall Trial Goes to the Judge," Monday, March 22, 2010 eTruth, "Lots of trailer litigation to go: RV industry wins first round in formaldehyde injury suits, setting stage for future negotiations, settlements," Wednesday, September 30, 2009 The Times-Picayune, "Tort reform prevents Chinese drywall victims in Louisiana from making a full recovery," Wednesday, September 23, 2009 NewsReleaseWise.com, "The Power of Personal Contact," Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Other Legal Writing

Note, Executive Authority: Revocation of Executive Order Requiring Notification of Export of Hazrdous Substances, 22 HARV. INT'L L.J. 683 (1981) Reel “Rape Speech”: Violent Pornography and the Politics of Harm. Review of THE QUESTION OF PORNOGRAPHY: RESEARCH FINDINGS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS, by E. Donnerstein et. al; PORNOGRAPHY IN A FREE SOCIETY, by G. Hawkins and F. Zimring; and THE NEW POLITICS OF PORNOGRAPHY, by D. Downs, 25 LAW & SOC. REV. 77 (1991) Historicizing Law Schools: An Alternative to the Socratic Tunnel Vision? Review of LAW SCHOOL, by R. Stevens, 38 BUFFALO L.REV. 315 (1990) Pornography, Serious Rape, and Statistics: A Reply to Dr. Kutchinsky, 26 L. & SOC. REV. 457 (1992)